Springhill Preschool is governed by an executive board made up of the parents whose children attend Springhill. Our highly qualified teachers develop and carry out the learning curriculum.
Springhill is fortunate and proud to have great teachers and staff who love being with children, and take pride in watching them learn and see them grow. Our full-time staff includes:
Shortly after graduating from Grant MacEwan University, Jennifer began working in her field and brings 11 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings including day-care, after school care, community resource outreach teams, preschool, and as a director of early learning and child care. She is the past president and current vice president of the Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association and has been a presenter and guest speaker for various conferences throughout the years.
Jennifer believes loving children is a priority; children need love to grow and families need support and community involvement. It is her goal to inspire staff, children, and their families to work together positively with one common goal – to love and support one another and to provide excellence in Early Education.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Kelly completed a Medical Office Diploma with Honors in 2004. It was in 2008 when the opportunity to work with children at the South Shore Waldorf School arose and she first took on the role of After School Care Coordinator and then was promoted to Kindergarten Assistant. From 2008-2014, Kelly has been involved with the South Shore Waldorf board and various other committees.
Learning about Early Childhood Education (ECE) and the philosophies of a Waldorf education and "learning through play" deepened Kelly's love for children. She is very excited to further her skills and knowledge in ECE and to nurture and inspire the children here at Springhill Community Preschool.
In addition to the full-time staff, Springhill is able to offer enrolled children more one-on-one attention through the MacEwan University Early Learning and Child Care practicum program. Springhill brings these post-secondary students into the classroom to interact with children under the supervision of the full-time staff. These educators work hard to bring a smile to every child's face.
Pam McTavish, Intellidance®
Pamela has been involved with movement and music from a young age. She grew up being trained in jazz, tap and modern dance. As an adult, Pamela explored African, contemporary and hip-hop dance.
Pamela also has a passion for music, having received her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University, and practiced as a licensed music therapist for 10 years. In that role, Pamela also had the opportunity to share her love of movement with adults and children with developmental disabilities.
In 2012, Pamela received her Intellidance® certification. She now enjoys bringing age appropriate, concept-based creative movement and music to children ages five and under. She also enjoys sharing her love of dance at home with her young son.
2019/20 Executive Board
President – Charu Brintnell
This is Charu's fourth year on the board at Springhill and her son Nixon will be returning for his fourth year in the program. Charu currently works in the hospitality industry doing event planning for Rostizado by Tres Carnales. Charu is excited to continue to be a part of the Springhill Community and looks forward to another great year ahead.
Vice President – Chelsea Carter
Chelsea was born and raised in Edmonton. Before starting a family, Chelsea worked in marketing and advertising. She is full-time mom to Norah and Quinn (3's) as well as co-owning and operating a creative supply subscription box called Well Inked Box. This is Chelsea's fourth year as a Springhill parent, and her third year as a board member. She is looking forward to continuing on this role and to a wonderful school year ahead.
Registrar – Nancy Ussher
Bio to come
Treasurer – Dova Oland
Dova and her family joined the Springhill community in 2018 when her daughter Emryn entered the 2’s class. The rewarding preschool experience compelled her to deepen her commitment and contribution by joining the board as Treasurer. Dova is a dietitian with a background in clinical nutrition and food service administration. She is eager to take on this new role to support operations and enhance the early education experience for all community members.
Secretary – Leanna Richard
Bio to come
Volunteer Coordinator – Mary Suiden
Mary is a busy mom of 3. Holly is her second child to attend Springhill. Before becoming a mom, Mary worked in operations management for the music industry for over a decade. But the time came for a little adventure and she moved to Taiwan where she worked and lived for about 8 years. Her eldest daughter was born in Taiwan and it will always be a place near and dear to her. Mary is excited to be a part of the Springhill parent board. Springhill has been a very positive experience for her two youngest kids and is looking forward to being more involved in the upcoming school year.
Event Coordinator – Jennifer Senoga (Miss Jenn)
See teacher bio
Website Coordinator – Vanlee Robblee
With three children, Vanlee's family has been attending Springhill since 2011. She transitioned from Secretary to this new role, helping Springhill launch their new website. Besides being a CEO mom, Vanlee helps at the family hair salon, LuLu Hairstylist, is a freelance graphic designer, manages rental properties and is a belly dance instructor.
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